At BMI the Priory the number one vascular condition we treat
is varicose veins. This unsightly and
painful condition is commonly found on the legs and feet and they can not only
cause discomfort but affect a sufferer’s self-confidence. Without treatment varicose
veins can, in some instances, lead to painful leg complications including leg
Varicose veins are often blue, thick and knobbly and
bulge under the skin. They’re caused by blood collecting in the superficial
veins that lie just under the skin. They arise because the valves that help to
direct blood back towards the heart become weak or damaged and can no longer
close properly. When this happens blood is able to flow backwards, and it
collects in the veins.
Varicose veins rarely get better over time – in fact quite
the opposite. They may ache or you may develop leg ulcers, eczema or bleed more
easily. And, of course, many people wish to have them treated because they
dislike the way they look.
Surgery for varicose veins can take various forms and your
consultant will choose the bests option for you. Here at BMI The Priory
Hospital our specialists are especially experienced in the use of endovenous
laser treatment. This involves a laser being inserted via a catheter to heat up
the vein and seal it closed. An ultrasound scan then guides the laser to the
correct position. This can usually take place under local anaesthetic. Pain
relief will be required, and it will take around two to three weeks for a full
return to normal activities.
Another common condition we treat here at BMI The Priory is peripheral
arterial disease (PAD) Peripheral arterial disease whereby sufferers experience
pain or cramps when walking as well as numbness or weakness in the legs. Ulcers
can also develop, which are slow to heal in the ankle area, or the feet.
PAD is caused by the build-up of fatty deposits in the
arteries, narrowing them, and restricting blood supply to the leg muscles. Its
also known as peripheral vascular disease (PVD). Failure to address peripheral
arterial disease can be serious because blockages in the arteries can also
affect other parts of the body for example those supplying the heart and brain.
Our surgeons are also experienced in detecting and treating aortic
aneurysms with larger aneurysms requiring surgery either via open procedures
or via endovascular repair (EVAR).